Hammerhead

John Hammond was born with Proteus syndrome -- the same condition as Joseph Merrick aka 'The Elephant Man' (although not nearly as severe). Faced with adversity his whole life, he is now ready to leave home after graduate school, move to New York City and SUCCEED. Faced with the roller-coaster of challenges that life and burning ambition bring -- and compounded by his appearance -- John decides through sheer force of will, rock-solid determination and strategy to OWN who he is while navigating his way through cruelty, undermining personalities, and his own emotional ups & downs. John Hammond is a character that you may feel sorry for at first -- but eventually -- when you see how sharp, strong and how damn smooth he is -- you will wish you WERE him.
'Hammerhead' is a challenge to our proclaimed social justice credo of 'accepting all people for what they are.' Do we really accept those who are 'different' as equals? Beauty is still the ultimate free pass. John is not just a maverick hero for those on the fringes -- he is all of us.
This is a dark comedy about an underdog that plans to keep going with a ferocity that will make us all root for him -- relate to him -- and eventually, envy him. A success story for modern times.

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Credits

Director:

Dean Imperial

Executive Producer:

Richard Cooper, Tony Gilroy, Kerry Orent

Producer:

Andy Zolot

Screenwriter:

Dean Imperial

Cinematographer:

Noah Hutton

Editor:

Noah Hutton

Production Designer:

Neil Patel

Sound Designer:

Paddy Hanlon

Music:

source

Principal Cast:

Sam Gilroy, Maya Kazan, Tony Arkin, Joseph R. Sicari, Cameron Scoggins, Richard Cooper, Georgia Strauss, Cassandra Freeman, Asa James, Ali Ahn

Additional Credits:

co-producer: Robin J. Davis, Unit Production Manager: Richard Mancuso, Prosthetic Makeup design: Mike Marino, Prosthetic Makeup Artist: Michael Fontaine, Costume Designer: Moira Shaughnessy, Casting: Eve Battaglia, First AD: Jake Martin, Set Decorator: Shelly Burgon

Contact

Public Film Contact:

Dean Imperial
It's Too Late Productions
deanimperial.email@gmail.com
6462262369

Publicity Contact:

PMK BNC, Sarah Caruso & Ellie Hardiman,
Elizabeth.Hardiman@pmkbnc.com
212-373-6151

Sales Agent:

Richard Cooper (also Executive Producer)

Details

Primary Entry:
Platinum Badge
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Secondary Entry:
Music Badge
Interactive Badge
Film Festival Wristband
Year:

2018

Genre:

Comedy

Screening in:

Episodic Pilot Program 2

Screening Section:

Episodic Pilot Competition

Screening Category:

Episodic

Language:

English

Runtime:

28:31 mins